Some people are under the impression that children are most likely to be abused by a stranger.
According to the American Pediatric Association, about 80% of children who are sexually abused are abused by someone they know.
Darkness to Light cites a study that puts the number closer to 90%.
- These people may include neighbors, teachers, coaches, family friends, religious leaders, etc.
- About 30% of children who are abused are abused by a family member.
Yes. Children need to be reassured about the outcome of what will happen if something horrible happens. One weapon that child sexual abusers use against children is the “fear of the unknown”. Children don’t know what will happen if they tell someone what is happening.
- “I will do everything that I can to keep you and our family safe.”
- “I will not blame you”
- “I will believe you”
- Children from single parent homes
- Children within stepfamilies
- Children who are emotionally distant from their parents.
- Children who have been abused before. Some estimates are as high as 1000%.
- Children who have low self esteem
- Children who are labeled as trouble-makers
- older children Children between the ages of 7 and 13 are the most vulnerable
When I tell parents that they should really begin as early as possible, their eyes get big.